This year’s call for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships has launched with a deadline of 14 September 2017. Full call information, including the Guide for Applicants, is available on the European Commission’s Participant Portal.
Individual Fellowships (IF) are aimed at individual fellows who already have a doctorate or equivalent research experience. They enable researchers to advance their careers and gain new skills through advanced training, international mobility, and optional intersectoral secondments. European Fellowships are held in EU Member States and are open to researchers either coming to Europe or moving within Europe. Global Fellowships are based on a secondment to a third country and a compulsory 12 month return phase in a Europe host organisation.
Applications are developed jointly between the fellow and their intended host organisation. As well as a strong programme of research, the application needs to describe the benefits of the fellowship to both the researcher and the host institution and how the programme of research and training for the fellow will be implemented and managed. Industrial secondments can also be included.
UKRO, as UK National Contact Point for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, is holding two information events on the call to be held in Liverpool on 5 May and Bristol on 23 May. These events will provide participants with an in-depth overview of the IF scheme. Participants should gain a clear understanding of the proposal format for each scheme and the key issues relating to planning, writing and submitting proposals. Attendance is free but you must register on the UKRO website to reserve a place.
If you are thinking about developing an application, please contact your relevant Research Funding and Policy Manager who can advise and support you through the application process as well as share resources such as previously successsful applications.
The 2017 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND) call is now open and has a deadline of 28 September 2017. COFUND co-finances new or existing regional, national or international programmes to open up international, inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary research training. Co-funding is available for post-doctoral fellowship programmes and for doctoral training programmes.
In its capacity as the UK MSCA National Contact Point, UKRO is organising an information event on COFUND on 18 May 2017 in London at the University of the Arts from 12.45-16.45. The event aims to provide participants with an in-depth overview of the COFUND scheme. Participants should gain a clear understanding of the proposal format for each scheme and the key issues relating to planning, writing and submitting proposals. Participation in the event is free of charge, but registration is mandatory through the UKRO website.
Our UKRO advisor, Jon Brookes, will be visiting Northumbria for the day on Wednesday 5 April. As UKRO subscribers we are entitled to an annual visit which we can plan according to our EU funding needs.
As part of his visit, Jon will be running a session on Brexit: the EU referendum and implications for EU funding from 10-11am, NB116, Northumberland Building, City Campus. This will be an opportunity to hear what we know so far about the UK’s status and participation in EU funding over the next few years and also what happens next in the Article 50 negotiations. There will be plenty time for Q&A.
If you would like to come along, please sign up here: http://rbscalendar.northumbria.ac.uk/event/3238666
From Monday 13 March until Wednesday 31 May, Northumbria is participating in two biennial national surveys of researchers, the Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) and the Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS). These surveys gather important, anonymous data about working conditions, career aspirations and career development opportunities for research staff and research leaders in higher education institutions.
Eligible staff have been sent an email by Professor George Marston with a link to the relevant survey. The surveys are totally anonymous and confidential and analysis will be used to inform Northumbria’s researcher development training programmes and other activities in support of our research-active staff. They will also be used to benchmark us against the rest of the sector. Click on the links for more information about CROS and PIRLS or contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the Northumbria surveys.
As you have no doubt heard, the Higher Education Funding Council for England has launched a consultation on the next Research Excellence Framework. This includes proposals intended to streamline the REF process and make it less burdensome for UK universities whilst maintaining and improving incentives for research excellence. It includes recommendations relating to: the submission of staff and outputs, the approach to the assessment of impact, and the introduction of an institutional level assessment.
Northumbria University is preparing a response and would like to give the ECR community an opportunity to feed into this. We are holding an event on Tuesday 14th February from 1.00-2.30 in room 209, Sutherland Building, City Campus. If you are able to attend, please sign up on this doodle poll to reserve your place: http://doodle.com/poll/fdkxmmr7mvaw8mee
Responses to the consultation must be submitted by midday on Friday 17 March 2017. Full details of the consultation can be found on the HEFCE website here.
L’Oréal UK and Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society, invite applications for the L’Oréal UK and Ireland fellowships for women in science. These promote, enhance and encourage the contribution of women pursuing their research careers in the UK or Ireland in the fields of the life and physical sciences, including mathematics and engineering.
Female early-career researchers who have been awarded their research doctorate may apply if they have no more than 10 years of active full-time equivalent postdoctoral experience do not currently hold a permanent academic post. Applicants may be citizen of any country but must be resident in the UK or Ireland at the time of application.
Five fellowships worth £15,000 are available. The fellowship funding to assist with research over a 12-month period. The Fellowship money can be spent in any number of ways to enable women scientists to pursue their careers and facilitate world class research – such as buying equipment, paying for childcare or funding travel costs to an overseas conference.
The deadline is Wednesday 25th January 2017.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Horizon 2020 Research Infrastructures 2017 call which opens in early December, Dr Katie Ward, UK H2020 National Contact Point, will be giving an overview of the call at Newcastle University’s Institute of Genetic Medicine on 12 December at 14.00. For more information on how to register, please contact me directly.